Scientific Writing and Publishing

Scientific writing is one of the most essential skills in science. It’s critical for writing grants, good theses, and manuscripts, as well as for posters and presentations. Because it’s so crucial, we have assembled a collection of resources to help you learn how to, or  … Read more

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Networking

Who should network? You should only network if you’re interested in a new job. Oh, and if you’re interested in finding out about exciting new science. And, if you want to share your science. Also if you want to talk to people with a wealth  … Read more

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NIH Grants

The NIH is the biggest source of funding for biomedical research. But, the grant applications it requests are very complicated, and are confusing and overwhelming to novices to the process. Here we have a collection of resources to help you write a competitive grant. 

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Individual Development Plans (IDPs) Are For Everyone

The Individualized Development Plan (or, IDP) has long been used outside of science to help professionals better understand what their professional goals are and what skills, knowledge, and experience they need to achieve those goals. It’s a very effective career planning tool. Over the past  … Read more

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Grant writing – Overview

This is a general overview to the process of grantwriting, with some general tips about timing and how to execute certain activities. It is primarily written for faculty or PIs who are already or nearly independent, although certainly many elements will be applicable for grad  … Read more

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11 Tricks for Using OneNote as Your Lab Notebook

Over the past few months, I’ve presented two sessions describing the use of Microsoft OneNote as an electronic lab notebook at Harvard. As we’ve discussed previously on this blog, there are lots of options for digital lab notebooks, and all come with the enormous benefits  … Read more

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Four Highly Effective Science Teaching Tips

It’s a high-class listicle appearing in a serious place. Leading off the June 15th issue of the journal, Molecular Biology of the Cell comes a short feature by Erin L. Dolan and James P. Collins offering four ways to become instantly (sort of) better at  … Read more

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A Continuous Cycle of Learning and Mentorship

As my friend Rachel recently put it, the prevailing attitude when it comes to mentorship in science is along the lines of “no one trained me, so my trainees can figure it out by themselves,” with the implication that otherwise they are “not good enough  … Read more

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National Postdoctoral Association: The National Voice of Postdocs

How do you define a postdoc? What is the purpose of the postdoctoral position? What do postdocs need to prepare for their professional careers, especially in a non-academic area? How should postdocs be compensated? These are the types of questions that led to the formation  … Read more

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Postdocs Driving Change: The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Meeting 2015

Attendees of the 2015 National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) meeting at the University of Maryland in Baltimore noted something different compared with past meetings: an overwhelming number of postdocs attended.   This might sound strange for a postdoc conference. However, aside from postdocs, postdoctoral officers, deans  … Read more

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